Cross country prepared

Portland State cross country will start the season Aug. 31 in Corvallis

The Portland State cross country teams begin their 2012 season this month at the John Frank Memorial Invitational, to be held in Corvallis, Oregon. The event will feature teams from PSU, Oregon State University, University of Oregon and University of Portland, among others.

Timbers keep pace with Villa

Penalty kicks decide final score, a 5-4 win for Aston Villa

Following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes, the Portland Timbers lost 5-4 to Aston Villa on penalty kicks in an international friendly exhibition game at Jeld-Wen Field July 24.

PSU picked fourth in the pack

Coaches and media ranked the Vikings number four in preseason polls

In a preseason poll, coaches and media picked Portland State’s football team to finish fourth in the 2012–13 Big Sky Conference. Last season the Vikings finished third in the conference with a 7-5 overall record (5-3 in conference).

New hope for a new season

Women’s soccer gears up for the 2012–13 season

The Portland State women’s soccer team looks forward to yet another successful season after announcing the 2012 schedule. The team will kick off its campaign with an exhibition game against Fraser Valley at Hillsboro Stadium Aug. 11.

Adult dodgeball

Underdog Sports runs summer coed dodgeball league

The Portland division of the Underdog Sports Leagues is hosting a coed dodgeball league at Jefferson High School in North Portland every Wednesday this summer. The league began July 11 and will continue until mid-August.

Mosquera returns, Timbers lose

Homesick Timbers lose 3-0 at Real Salt Lake despite having defender Hanyer Mosquera back from suspension

The Timbers continued their winless away game streak when they lost 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, despite the return of suspended defender Hanyer Mosquera.

Summer soccer without the sun

Rec Center hosts a five-player indoor soccer league summer term

Portland State’s intramural leagues are back in action during summer term as PSU hosts a five-versus-five indoor soccer league starting July 11. The games will be held Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. on the third floor of the Academic and Student Rec Center.

New recruit for a new season

Women’s golf signs Washington transfer A Ram Choi

Portland State women’s golf has added University of Washington transfer A Ram Choi to its roster in an attempt to reclaim the Big Sky Championship in the 2012–13 season.

MVP will be missed

Connor Kavanaugh moves out of Viking football

Connor Kavanaugh was the 2011 Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Vikings football season and will not return this fall.

“Our offense is like a Ferrari,” team head coach Nigel Burton said in a statement. “It’s fast, it’s the best built and it’s designed to win races. We will give you the tools to run the Ferrari, but if you don’t know how to use those tools, you might wrap it around a tree. So, we need to see who can best use those tools before we hand over the keys.”

High hopes: Cory McCaffrey will be missed on the field. McCaffrey suffered an injury he hopes will not affect his future in football.

Setting Oregon standards

Cory McCaffrey’s college football career ends

Despite playing only five games in 2011, Cory McCaffrey was selected to the first team All-Big Sky Conference in a postseason vote by the league coaches. McCaffrey led the nation in rushing and scoring before his Achilles injury in mid-October. He is the most successful running back in Oregon history.

Stand Up Paddling moves forward

Second leg of Ross Island Stand Up Paddle Series takes place this weekend

If you happened to drive by Ross Island on May 19, you may have seen something interesting: From a distance, it looked like dozens of men and women stood on the Willamette River, gliding forward; but as you got closer you saw they were vigorously rowing while standing on surfboards. The 2012 Ross Island Stand Up Paddle Series was underway, and it’s not over yet.